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How has the Fringe been for you this year? I have to say I’ve en­joyed it im­mensely. It’s been great do­ing a late-night va­ri­ety show and hob­nob­bing with a whole lot of dif­fer­ent acts from across the Fringe. When I’ve been here be­fore with the Black Sea Gentle­men we’ve just been push­ing our own show and this year peo­ple are com­ing to us. What have been the high­lights? Prob­a­bly putting all these acts into the Sup­per Room, which is quite small – par­tic­u­larly some of the cir­cus acts. There’s this Aus­tralian trio called Cir­cus Trick Tease. They bounce off each other do­ing these ac­ro­batic feats, and it’s so close to the ceil­ing! But that’s what’s ex­cit­ing about the cir­cus. When the dan­ger’s not there it’s kind of a lit­tle bit bor­ing, so it’s in­ter­est­ing when acts do some­thing in a space that in some ways is not ideal but ac­tu­ally makes it more ex­cit­ing. What’s it been like work­ing with Paul Zenon? We’re dif­fer­ent sides of a coin but we both like each other’s work for that rea­son. We’ve got very dif­fer­ent styles of per­for­mance – he comes from a com­edy back­ground and I’m from the the­atre and the con­cert hall, and we sort of gen­tly un­der­cut each other. In some ways our re­la­tion­ship work­ing is cen­tral to the show be­ing good – and more of­ten than not it has been. But I don’t mind when things get a lit­tle bit oblique. A few awk­ward pauses can be quite en­ter­tain­ing. We’re a gen­uine odd cou­ple and there’s a lot of love, but it’s led to some strange mo­ments. How did the show come about? We’ve both done La Clique a fair bit over the years and sort of started con­spir­ing about the idea of do­ing an act to­gether. Assem­bly were in­ter­ested in do­ing a late night show and we thought it’d be a nice op­por­tu­nity to try some stuff out. It’s funny, peo­ple usu­ally come to Ed­in­burgh with some slick show they want to sell, but the joy of this show has been that the more com­fort­able we get the more cre­ative it be­comes. And au­di­ences in that af­ter-mid­night time slot want some­thing they’re not go­ing to ex­pect. It’s like the op­po­site of La Clique, which is the best va­ri­ety per­form­ers with re­ally honed acts. With us it’s an in­cred­i­ble rag­bag of per­form­ers, who haven’t met each other be­fore, and us try­ing to weave it into a co­her­ent show. Any par­tic­u­lar favourites? Lynn Ruth Miller, a co­me­dian from San Fran­cisco, did this fan­tas­tic bur­lesque piss-take where she comes out and sings a song and strips down to a fan­tas­tic old brassiere with lit­tle bike lights flash­ing on her breasts. In some ways it’s more child­like and more fun and sexy than any bur­lesque I’ve seen. She’s like a lovely rag doll.

The Late Late Show with Paul Zenon and Mike­lan­gelo is at Assem­bly @ Ge­orge Street, 12:15am, tonight and to­mor­row. AN­DREW EA­TON

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